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Izaak Walton Wishes League Happy 90th Anniversary
Izaak Walton Wishes League Happy 90th Anniversary
Ever wonder what our namesake, Sir Izaak Walton, would think about the Izaak Walton League of America? We have the answer in a video that's part conservation message, part parody, and totally fun. Former Minnesota Division president Curt Leitz channels Sir Izaak Walton in a conversation about the League's 90th anniversary, Walton's "The Compleat Angler," and what Walton thinks of today's roadhouse beverages.
Visit the IWLA YouTube channel to spend a few minutes in the company of Sir Izaak Walton.
Congress Faces Major Issues in Weeks Ahead
When Congress reconvenes on November 13, it will have a handful of weeks to address pressing national issues that will have wide-ranging impacts on conservation, taxes, and federal spending. One of the most pressing issues for the League is passage of a comprehensive, five-year Farm Bill.
Although the Senate passed a relatively good bill in June, the House did not act before adjourning. If Congress fails to pass a Farm Bill this year, funding to conserve wetlands, grasslands, and important wildlife habitat could be cut more deeply and it will become even more challenging to reform the costly federal crop insurance system. The League and other national hunting, angling, and sustainable agriculture groups continue to press Congress to approve a Farm Bill this year. Other unfinished business includes addressing the so-called "fiscal cliff," which could include debilitating cuts to conservation, public land management, and environmental protection.
The 64,000 dollar question is: Will Congress tackle any of these and other pressing issues in the weeks ahead? There is considerable uncertainty about the answer. Nevertheless, League members need to be prepared to engage quickly as events develop. Decisions made this year will affect conservation and outdoor recreation for years to come. Responding to action alerts, contacting your members of Congress, and engaging your neighbors will make a difference. Please stay tuned for alerts and updates from the League and then take action.
Send Clean Water Petition to President
Despite improvements in water quality since Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972, a whopping 53 percent of our streams and rivers still do not meet basic water quality standards. What's standing in the way of clean water? Two Supreme Court decisions and policies by the last administration that ignore sound science in deciding which waters are protected by the Clean Water Act. These actions dramatically weakened protections for streams that supply drinking water to more than 117 million Americans and millions of acres of wetlands that guard our communities against flooding.
Now is the time to let President Obama know that the health of our streams and rivers is important to all Americans. We need his leadership to get science-based clean water policies across the finish line. Sign our clean water petition right now and urge the President to give EPA and the Corps of Engineers the green light to implement policies that will keep our nation's waters clean and healthy.
American Waterworks Act Fails To Fix Inland Waterway Infrastructure
In late October, Senator Lamar Alexander (TN) announced his intentions to introduce a bill to "fix" the funding shortfall for inland waterway infrastructure. Senator Alexander has not introduced language of the bill yet, but his press release outlined key points to which the League is opposed. His proposal would
The American Waterworks Act is just another attempt by the navigation industry to push more infrastructure costs onto taxpayers, breaking the 50 percent cost-share promise established in 1986. Funding for inland waterway infrastructure should come from users, not the general treasury.
If the American Waterworks Act includes these provisions when introduced in Congress, it should be soundly rejected. We will keep you up to date as this legislation progresses and will need League members and supporters to voice their opposition to this legislation to ensure its defeat.
Holiday Shopping for a Cause
Looking for a way to do good while filling holiday stockings the hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts on your shopping list? The Izaak Walton League and ProGuide Direct can help.
ProGuide Direct is a one-stop-shop for outdoor gear, clothing, and guided trips. You can search for clothing, equipment, and other gear by outdoor activity: hunting (by type of game), fishing (by type of fishing), and camping/hiking. If you're a fan of "Meat Eater" Steve Rinella, you can also find a list of gear used on each episode of his show on The Sportsman Channel. Whether you need fly rods and waders or decoys and a day pack, ProGuide Direct has the high-quality gear for you.
Through our partnership with ProGuide Direct, League members and supporters can receive $50 off any purchase of $200 or more, plus free shipping! In addition, ProGuide Direct will make a donation to the League to support our conservation work across the country.
This offer expires December 31, 2012. So visit www.ProGuideDirect.com today to get started. Use code IWLA-F12 at checkout for your discount and free shipping.
League Launches New Youth Programs Manual
Ikes across the country share a passion for connecting children with the outdoors; introducing them to hunting, fishing, and recreational shooting; and educating them about conservation. When we surveyed chapter leaders about resources that would be valuable for their work with youth, they asked for a comprehensive guide to youth activities and educational resources.
We are pleased to announce our newest chapter resource: Engaging Youth In the Outdoors – A How-To Chapter Manual. It provides step-by-step instructions for conservation activities and tips for starting a local youth program. The manual comes in a three-ring binder with a CD-ROM containing PDFs of manual materials.
A print copy of the manual has been mailed to every IWLA chapter president. In addition, chapter youth programs coordinators (where identified) received the electronic files on a CD-ROM. If you would like additional copies of the CD-ROM to share with chapter leaders and volunteers, contact Tara Scibelli at email@example.com or (301) 548-0150 x255.
League staff are also available to provide training and other support to help chapters establish or expand their youth programs. For assistance, please contact Earl Hower (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Rebecca Wadler (email@example.com).
Shooting for 90th Anniversary Success
The Arlington-Fairfax (Virginia) Chapter hosted the League's 90th Anniversary Celebration Trap Shoot for the national capital region in late October. The event was a great opportunity to celebrate a League milestone – and win bragging rights!
Shooters engaged in a heated competition for the winner's circle as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the area, bringing high winds that added to the competition's level of difficulty. Brian Hickerson shot a perfect 25 in one round to take first place with a score of 48 out of 50. (He was also part of an "all in the family" team that took first place in the team competition.) The top of the leaderboard was so close that we needed a tie breaker to determine the other winners. Mark Scott shot a perfect 25 out of 25 to win the tie breaker and clinch second place.
Thanks to everyone who came out to help us celebrate the League's anniversary!
Tiny Ikes Explore Cold-Weather Wonders
Encourage children to love the outdoors and they'll love it for life – and lead a healthier lifestyle. League staff are piloting an outdoor education program for children ages 2-5 to help them celebrate the wonders of nature, from wiggly worms to nocturnal animals. We're calling this program Tiny Ikes (or T'Ikes). Sessions will be held at the League's national headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Here's what we have in store for our T'Ikes in the coming month:
November 27, Sounds, Music, and Nature: Music is all around us in the natural world. T'Ikes will explore the sounds of nature and make music from objects found outdoors.
December 5, Animals in Winter: During the winter, food is limited for animals. T'Ikes will learn how animals adapt to cold temperatures and make a craft to give to the wild animals that live in their backyards.
December 14, Winter Investigations: It's cold outside, but nature is full of life. We'll grab our boots and mittens and head out on a nature exploration to observe how the trees and plants have changed, then make a winter craft.
For more information about scheduled events, visit www.iwla.org/tikes. For more information about conservation education for youth, contact Rebecca Wadler, IWLA Conservation Education Associate, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Protect Outdoor America While You Work
Check CFC #10620 on your workplace giving form if you are a federal employee. Or look for EarthShare in your workplace giving campaign materials if you work for a private corporation or local government agency. It's one of the easiest ways to conserve outdoor America for the future generations!
For more information or to start a workplace campaign, contact email@example.com.
Simplify the Holidays: Give the Gift of Conservation
Searching for the right holiday gift? Try making a gift of the outdoors!
Donations or Membership
Make a donation in honor of a family member or friend or give them a gift membership, which includes four information-packed issues of Outdoor America and our monthly Conservation Currents e-newsletter.
Check out the IWLA Store for lapel pins, tote bags, umbrellas, hats, and t-shirts that make great gifts for the outdoor enthusiasts in your life.
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The seal marks the spot! Whether it's to help new members find your chapter or to point out conservation project successes, a League-branded roadside sign helps members of your community recognize the League.
90 Years of Defending Outdoor America
Time is running out to commemorate the League's 90th anniversary. Donate $90 or more to the League, and you will receive our limited-edition Snapshots in Conservation anthology.
Your contribution will also support the League's national conservation work. Please visit the League Web site for more information.
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